Debatt (l) e Royale: Politics at the online Gamescom

Although the on-site events are canceled, politicians want to present themselves at Europe’s most important games fair, Gamescom. As in previous years, top representatives from four parties will have to present their views on gaming politics in the so-called “Debatt (l) e Royale”.

Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU), who is responsible for promoting games and the German Computer Game Prize, will again kick off the fair. He will be accompanied at the digital opening of Digital State Minister Dorothee Bär (CSU) and North Rhine-Westphalia’s Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU). Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, who will open the Gamescom Congress, appears from the SPD coalition partner.

The highlight of the event is a joint panel discussion with four top representatives of the Bundestag: Paul Ziemiak (CDU), Lars Klingbeil (SPD), Linda Teuteberg (FDP), Jörg Schindler (Die Linke) and Michael Kellner (Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen) will discuss in the meanwhile firmly established format, as it is about the political support of the game industry and its fans and have to face critical questions.

So the promised economic promotion for game manufacturers became a hanging game and the repeatedly promised upgrading of e-sports as an equal sport is a long time coming. YouTube gamer Peter Smits (PietSmiet) and esports presenter Phylicia Whitney (Flitzi) will moderate. The audience should also be addressed in the live format.

The technical part of the Gamescom Congress deals with social issues such as isolation and loneliness in connection with computer games, the use of digital games in school lessons and the links to political extremism.

In order to address the largest possible number of players online, the trade fair organizers have entered into partnerships with numerous media platforms. Both YouTube and Twitch are official partners of Gamescom. A new addition is the Chinese and politically highly controversial platform TikTok. Steam is also on board as a partner and wants to present playable demo versions and special offers during the fair.

While Gamescom won’t start for two weeks, the accompanying game conference Devcom will start next Monday. Over two weeks, the 1,300 registered participants can listen to numerous lectures on the technical and business aspects of game development or pitch their own projects to investors and publishers.


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